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Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock donate $1 million each to Harvey relief efforts

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation,the actor has donated $1 million to the newly established United Way Harvey Recovery Fund.

hollywood Updated: Aug 31, 2017 11:40 IST
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The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has donated $1 million to the newly established United Way Harvey Recovery Fund which will go toward relief and recovery for several years. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Leonardo DiCaprio has joined the list of celebrities who have pledged donations to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Through his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, The Revenant actor has donated $1 million to the newly established United Way Harvey Recovery Fund, reported Variety.

The newly established fund that was announced by United Way Worldwide on August 30 “will distribute 100 percent of donations for recovery in the affected areas, community by community, in the months and years ahead.”

The USD 1 million from DiCaprio’s foundation represents the inaugural donation to the fund.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio signs a memorandum of understanding (MOU) committing to protect marine ecosystems in the Gulf of California as Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto (L) looks on, at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City, in this undated handout photo released to Reuters by the Mexican Presidency on June 7, 2017.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of Leonardo DiCaprio and his foundation,” United Way Worldwide President and CEO Brian Gallagher said in a statement.

“Responding to Hurricane Harvey requires the best of all of us–and that’s what this gift represents. United Way’s Harvey Recovery Fund will provide much-needed help for the communities along the Gulf Coast where lives have been changed forever.”

Terry Tamminen, CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, added, “We hope others will step up and support the United Way and other organizations.”

Sandra Bullock and Leonardo DiCaprio, are leading the way in stars’ donations to relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, but numerous others have pledged sizable amounts to charities. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

In the past, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has donated to recovery efforts following the 2004 tsunami, the Haiti earthquake and Hurricane Sandy.

Other celebrities, who have donated for hurricane relief efforts are ‘Sean Diddy’ Combs, Ruby Rose, Rachael Ray, Ellen Degeneres, and Fall Out Boy.

Sandra Bullock also recently donated USD 1 million to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief efforts.

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First Published: Aug 31, 2017 11:39 IST